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Monday, April 6, 2015

April/May 2015 Calligraphy Class Schedule (PAPER SOURCE)




MORE calligraphy courses at Paper Source in April and May! Come out and join me if you can, its a GREAT way to start your summer!

APRIL CLASSES

SAT. APRIL 11, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P

SAT. APRIL 25, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-0489 | Noon - 3:30P



MAY CLASSES

SAT. MAY 9, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P

SAT. MAY 16, 2015
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-0489 | 3:00P - 6:30P

SAT. MAY 23, 2015
**Calligraphy II: Dip Pen and Ink**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P



CALL TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! SPACE IS LIMITED!

Friday, March 13, 2015

CS Brides: Sophisticated Romance Photo Shoot Feature

I had the privilege of partnering with Kesh Events to do some mirrored "place settings" for her "Sophisticated Romance" feature... They perfectly complimented the chargers and really helped to glamorize and already spectacularly concepted tablescape. The results were really breathtaking. Thanks Akeshi!

Photography by Neil Burger.



The lovely Akeshi inside CS Brides (page 208)
Hand painted with white ink and adorned with fabulous florals







Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tips for Addressing Your Envelopes


We are firmly inside of "invitation season". Its time to book your calligrapher if you haven't already done it. You need to stuff, stamp, seal and head to the Post Office in order to get your beautiful invitations into your waiting guests hands.

Its a great time of anticipation and excitement, but its also time to get organized!

Miscellaneous Tips:
  • Try not to address your envelopes at the very bottom. The bottom (5/8") is reserved for bar codes, etc. This is something you need to think about if your mail will be automated.
  • Provide 10% overs on your envelopes. Human error is real. Unless you are having your envelopes digitally printed, don't skip this step.
  • Spell out everything... Your calligrapher SHOULD go ahead and spell out any abbreviations that you've indicated, but you will help them out (and protect the overs you've provided) by having them already done the way they will be written.
  • Allow extra time for delivery. Non-standard addressing CAN slow down automated or manual mail sorting... Its just something to think about. Particularly with ornate scripts.
  • Return addresses are a MUST. Think about the integrity of your list. You want to know if your invite did not arrive safely.
  • Seal those envelopes completely. Use a sealer or a small sponge and water. V-Shaped flaps are particularly tough to get closed with no breaches. Make sure all of the gummed matter gets wet and you apply pressure evenly to get it closed correctly.
  • You can protect your envelopes from some automation and unnecessary markings by having them hand canceled...

These are just a few tips to get you started! 

Take care til' next time...
--ct


Monday, March 9, 2015

WGC Partyscape: Once Upon A Time

Finally able to post another feature! MORE great work from last summer that was published in the Spring edition of Wedding Guide Chicago. Check out the issue in its entirety via the magazine's digital edition, or grab one from your local newsstand.

This magical setting, complete with luxurious crystal chandeliers and glamorous rose gold popped with sequins, sparkles and shimmery metallic accents. The result was a fairy tale inspired theme with a hint of glitz and glam... Fit for a true princess!



Hand painted signature drinks mirror

Gold glitter, blush and cream stationery

Glitter tented place cards

Gold lettering on cream envelope








Floral Design - Town & Country Gardens
Cake and Sweets - Toni Patisserie & Cafe
Stationery and Mirrors - CT-Designs
Rentals - Elegant Presentations
Linens - BBJ Linen

Thursday, February 12, 2015

February/March 2015 Calligraphy Classes at Paper Source

I'm teaching two MORE calligraphy classes at Paper Source this month and FIVE next month.

I'd love for you guys to come join me. Early in the year is a great time, if you are interested in hand lettering, to come out and see if this is something you'd like to attempt for your own (or your daughter/family member's) materials.


OAK BROOK PAPER SOURCE 
(Oak Brook Feb. Classes)

SAT. FEBRUARY 21ST
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Oak Brook Paper Source
 433 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 572-1955 | 11:00A - 2:30P
[SOLD OUT]

SAT. FEBRUARY 28TH
**Calligraphy II: Dip Pen and Ink**
Oak Brook Paper Source
 433 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 572-1955 | 11:00A - 2:30P



NAPERVILLE PAPER SOURCE 
(Naperville March Classes) 

SAT. MARCH 7TH
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Naperville Paper Source
215 Main St.
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-8925 | 11:00A - 2:30P
[SOLD OUT]




OAK BROOK PAPER SOURCE 
(Oak Brook March Classes)

SAT. MARCH 21ST
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Oak Brook Paper Source
 433 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 572-1955 | 11:00A - 2:30P


SAT. MARCH 28TH
**Calligraphy II: Dip Pen and Ink**
Oak Brook Paper Source
 433 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 572-1955 | 11:00A - 2:30P





SOUTHPORT PAPER SOURCE 
(Southport March Classes)

SAT. MARCH 14TH
**Introduction to Calligraphy**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
773-880-0489 | NOON - 3:30P

SUN. MARCH 29TH
**Calligraphy II: Dip Pen and Ink**
Southport Paper Source
3543 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
773-880-0489 | NOON - 3:30P


CALL TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! SPACE IS LIMITED!





Monday, January 26, 2015

WGC Partyscape Feature: The Mirrored Effect

Its feature time! I got the opportunity to do some great work last summer and it was published in the Spring edition of Wedding Guide Chicago. Check out the issue in its entirety via the magazine's digital edition, or grab one from your local newsstand.

Actual shot of the 2-page spread featuring the Partyscape's lovely and talented visionary/designer: Desiree Dent of Dejanae Events

Circular, hand painted individual mirrors at each setting

Watercolor invitation suite with calligraphed outer envelope and circular, mirrored table number

...More of the gorgeous table! Look at those romantic petals! Breathtaking...

Great shot of the stationery atop the petals

The team that made it possible!


Check out the video showing how this all came together! This was a wonderful experience! 
Take care, and I'll see you guys next time...

Location - Meson Sabika
Photography - Robyn Photography
Floral Design - Floral Expressions
Cake and Sweets - Delish Cakes
Stationery and Mirrors - CT Designs, Inc.
Videography - Wedding Connections

Friday, January 23, 2015

January 23rd is National Handwriting Day


Wanted to take the time to celebrate National Handwriting Day!

This designated date was established in 1977 by David Baker, executive director of the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association.

This day purposely coincides with John Hancock's birthday as he was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence with what has become a somewhat iconic signature...


I challenge anyone reading this to pen a note or a letter today, in place of a usual email or message post!

Take care til' next time!
--ct





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